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Why Did Penguins Stop Flying? The Answer Is Evolutionary
National Geographic ^ | May 20, 2013 | Brian Handwerk

Posted on 05/21/2013 7:34:58 PM PDT by EveningStar

Penguins lost the ability to fly eons ago, and scientists may have finally figured out why. A new study suggests that getting off the ground eventually just took too much effort for birds that were becoming expert swimmers.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; penguins
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1 posted on 05/21/2013 7:34:58 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

That’s how I feel about Physical Therapy. I’d much rather sit on the couch with the clicker rather than cause pains in my knee by doig the stupid exercises.


2 posted on 05/21/2013 7:37:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: EveningStar

Mayhap they never flew?


3 posted on 05/21/2013 7:38:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: doc1019

Have you ever seen them underwater? They fly.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 7:39:27 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EveningStar

I’m guessing they’re Down


5 posted on 05/21/2013 7:41:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: EveningStar

Because Jerry Brown built them a high speed rail line?


6 posted on 05/21/2013 7:41:16 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: DManA
I thought they skated


7 posted on 05/21/2013 7:42:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

They got sick of the lines and hassles at TSA, no seat leg room, late arrivals, and paying for checked bags.


8 posted on 05/21/2013 7:42:34 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: EveningStar

Maybe they had no reason to fly.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 7:43:05 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/)
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To: EveningStar

The more interesting question these days with the carney barker in the White Hut pressroom is: Why did pigs start flying since 0bama get re-elected?


10 posted on 05/21/2013 7:43:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DManA

‘Have you ever seen them underwater? They fly.’

Boy, was I ever wrong. I thought they stopped flying because ice skates were invented.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:18 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: EveningStar

Nuns quit flying?


12 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:20 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: DManA

Perhaps that is why they have pseudo wings ... not because they once spent their time in the wild blue yonder. Just a thought.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:23 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: EveningStar

And how much did they get paid to figure this one out?
lol

Anyway, which is more evolved swimming or flying?

So man evolves and learns to fly, unnaturally of course but he does fly in contraptions after evolving from a fish.

Seems more like devolving to me, but then it is a matter of opinion I guess.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 7:44:38 PM PDT by Sophia777
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To: EveningStar

Or maybe God made them to swim instead of fly.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 7:46:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: EveningStar

To become food for orcas?


16 posted on 05/21/2013 7:47:02 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: EveningStar

17 posted on 05/21/2013 7:47:12 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: EveningStar

Oh goody! Another idiotic “scientific” evolution story from Nat Geo.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 7:48:08 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: doc1019

It’s just fun to think about. It has nothing to do with the state of my eternal soul.


19 posted on 05/21/2013 7:48:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EveningStar
They did?


20 posted on 05/21/2013 7:49:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar
They did?


21 posted on 05/21/2013 7:49:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

Because they’re liberals and the government told them they couldn’t?


22 posted on 05/21/2013 7:51:07 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: DManA

And my response was intended to travel along those same lines ... nothing to do with anybody’s eternal soul. LOL!


23 posted on 05/21/2013 7:51:42 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: EveningStar
Why did penguins stop flying?

three letters: TSA

CC

24 posted on 05/21/2013 7:54:26 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: EveningStar

Because chickens can’t, practick-ully speaking....


25 posted on 05/21/2013 7:54:53 PM PDT by mikrofon (Pengoo-ins)
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To: Delta Dawn

26 posted on 05/21/2013 7:56:00 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: EveningStar

27 posted on 05/21/2013 7:56:05 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

So obvious isn’t it?

What’s so hard to understand that they’re flippers and not wings?


28 posted on 05/21/2013 7:58:11 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: EveningStar

Why did Penguins stop flying?

Because Ice Cream has no bones!


29 posted on 05/21/2013 7:59:44 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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30 posted on 05/21/2013 8:05:57 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: EveningStar

REO Speedwagon said it best, I think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfY57Yl5tPk

:)


31 posted on 05/21/2013 8:06:25 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: doc1019

That seems the most logical answer. God knows what He’s doing, and it pleased Him to create such a wonderfully different bird. They certainly bring enjoyment to many of us!


32 posted on 05/21/2013 8:08:49 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: mountn man

33 posted on 05/21/2013 8:14:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: skr

So GOD snaped his fingers and penguins existed.

Does God have fingers?


34 posted on 05/21/2013 8:26:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: dfwgator

That’s my favorite!


35 posted on 05/21/2013 8:28:04 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: EveningStar

The Penguins are in Pittsburgh. The Flyers are in Philly.


36 posted on 05/21/2013 8:32:49 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: EveningStar

Mario Lemeuix’s fault?


37 posted on 05/21/2013 8:38:35 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: EveningStar

That’s an easy one. There’s more food underwater than there is up in the air.


38 posted on 05/21/2013 8:39:13 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: EveningStar

Hard to catch fish in the air.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 8:41:59 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: EveningStar

40 posted on 05/21/2013 8:44:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: EveningStar

They ate so many fish, they started acting like them.


41 posted on 05/21/2013 8:50:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: EveningStar

Is there a penguin that has wings that could fly?


42 posted on 05/21/2013 8:59:16 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: DManA

Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good...

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them


As indicated above, He simply speaks things into existence and has fingers when He wants to snap them.


43 posted on 05/21/2013 9:25:27 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: EveningStar

Oh rEALLY?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4&feature=player_embedded#!


44 posted on 05/21/2013 9:43:07 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 ("as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.")
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To: Celtic Conservative

Darn you beat me to it. Oh well here come the secondary jokes. Drum roll if you please.

1. It’s Bush’s fault!

2. The sequester.

2. Global Warming

3. They don’t have enough miles on their card.

4. Out of gas.


45 posted on 05/21/2013 9:46:11 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: EveningStar

If my food was in the water, I sure as hell wouldn’t be flying around looking at it.


46 posted on 05/21/2013 10:25:40 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: EveningStar

BBC video of Penguins flying

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mkyYbIhBRmg

:)


47 posted on 05/21/2013 10:34:12 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: DManA

So GOD snaped his fingers and penguins existed

GOD spoke penguins into beginning. HE is the WORD.


48 posted on 05/21/2013 10:37:09 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: EveningStar
Penguins are a Southern Hemisphere bird, and have a relative that flies (in the air) in the Northern Hemisphere. I've forgotten its name—was it the Murre?
49 posted on 05/21/2013 10:53:10 PM PDT by Does so (Progressives Don't Know the Meaning of INFRINGED...)
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To: EveningStar

Selective breeding intent on perfecting an avian bowling pin.


50 posted on 05/22/2013 1:20:14 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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